Poetry in the Classroom Institute

Poetry in the Classroom Institute

This institute invites teachers to consider the potential of poetry in their classrooms and within the Common Core. Poetry offers unique opportunities to develop skills such as fluency and vocabulary while creating connections across content areas. The institute will be hands-on in nature as we examine the newest and best poetry across age ranges. Children’s poets and a variety of experts on poetry will share their work. 

Course Syllabus

Course: EDUC 586

CRN: 3261
Location: Stayer MPR
Meeting Dates: July 18 - July 22, 2016
Meetings Times: 8:00am - 4:00pm

Institute Director

Dr. Lesley Colabucci
Dr. Colabucci has been at member of the faculty a Millersville University for over ten years. She teaches courses in children’s and young adult literature at the undergraduate and graduate level. Her teaching career spanned several levels (from Kindergarten to middle school) and several states (Maryland, Ohio, and Wisconsin). She earned her Ph.D. from Ohio State University where she focused on multicultural children’s literature. She has served on book award committees for NCTE, IRA, and ALA. Currently she is a member of the NCTE’s Excellence in Poetry Award. 


Gayle G. Cluck, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Poetry Out Loud Manager

Maggie Bokelman, Eagle View Middle School, Middletown PA

Karla M. Schmit, PSU -  LBH and Public Poetry Project

Elisa Hopkins, PSU

Heidi Mordhorst

Jacqueline Jules

Marjorie Maddix

Sylvia Vardell, Texas Woman's University

Janet Wong

2017 Schedule

Credits: All participants will receive 3 graduate credits for the summer institute. 

Tuition/Fees: Institutes are unique 3 credit graduate courses, that highlight renowned experts in the field. Institutes include breakfast and lunch throughout the day, as well as handouts and materials. Books may be required courses, please check with the university bookstore. Millersville University graduate tuition and fees can be found on the Office of Student Accounts page. In addition, a $165 institute fee is required.

Note: If you have not taken any graduate-level course or workshop at Millersville University within the past 5 years, you must complete the online non-degree admission form; this information is necessary to admit you to the university.

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